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Bart offers 2 hour sessions of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. These sessions are held on a mat on the floor. As the client remains fully clothed, loose fitting clothes of a natural fiber are the things to wear. No oils are being used apart from some essential oils applied during the head massage.

During a Thai massage session the masseur makes use of knees, elbows, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers. Lots of physical excersises are done, including stretches, which can be quite intense and will assist the body to relax. This approach is similar to yoga asanas and as a result the body will be able to move more freely. Just as with the practice of yoga asanas, a lot of work is being done on the physical aspect of the body, while the main focus is the energy body.

It is said that missionary monks introduced Buddhism in Thailand around the 3rd century BC. Most likely they also practiced Ayurveda to assist people with dealing with “dis-eases” and probably adapted its application to local conditions and available resources. They offered the people new forms of healing and spiritual services, which probably blended with practices already present. The foundation of the traditional Thai medical system is thought to have been the teachings of Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, an ayurvedic doctor from North India, who was the personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara more than 2,500 years ago.

Thai massage is no longer exclusively Thai nor Asian and the close connection between Thai massage and buddhist practice is changing. Many good schools and teachers will still emphasize the development of mindfullness and loving kindness. More information about schools can be found on the related links page.